Recently an uptick in deaths of companion animals has begun to alarm veterinarians, and a study of the information completed and publishes yesterday shows that products used to kill pests are killing the pets as well. As I recall from reading Silent Spring when my children were infants, the products we created and used in our homes are deadly to other life forms than the pests we intend them for.
Many of us have long been aware that poisons in the environment were hazards. Those of us who keep cats, dogs and other creatures around will need to be careful with the ways we treat them. Unsurprisingly, the EPA announcement naturally lays the blame on owners and increased use of pesticides by the careless owners.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be making sweeping changes in the labeling and approval of existing and new spot-on flea control products to stave off possible adverse reactions for dogs and cats.
In a press briefing at 2 p.m. this afternoon, EPA’s Steve Owens, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, announced that new labeling requirements, public education and increased monitoring for adverse events will become part of standard regulatory enforcement efforts in an attempt to fight off increasing rates of adverse events.